Author: jcampos

Food For Thought, South East Asia

Food For Thought, South East Asia
South East Asian cuisine is often based on a fusion of five fundamental flavors consisting of: sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and salty. In order to get to these flavors, a standard set of ingredients will most likely be spotted tucked away in the aprons or on the spice racks of cooks throughout the region...
May 14th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Mind the Gap, India

Mind the Gap, India
The sun was setting into the hills as the slow moving coal engine train carted home a mob of tired workers and city dwellers. There was no room to breath too deeply, but never too  crowded for more riders to join the journey. People speak and stare and smile, maybe the color of my skin has something...
May 12th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Doing it Laos Style

Doing it Laos Style
Rush hour is taken to a whole new level when hitching a ride in the beautiful land of Laos. Although it is important to purchase a ticket before embarking on your journey, there are no guarantees that you will get a seat of your own, or a seat at all for that matter. Tourist buses offer a little more...
May 9th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Top 5 Pit Stops, Cambodia

Top 5 Pit Stops, Cambodia
1. Angkor Wat: allow yourself time to explore these grounds and if you prefer, hire a cyclo (bicycle taxi) to bring you from place to place while on the grounds themselves. 2. Donating Blood in Siem Reap: like many of it’s neighboring countries, Cambodia is in need of help. One of the best ways...
May 7th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Peeling Back the Layers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Peeling Back the Layers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Arriving in Cambodia’s capital city, the surface level appears no different than any other southern nation’s metropolis with motorbikes buzzing in all directions, swarms of people rushing about and a general sense of chaos taking over the city streets. After having spent a few days in this...
May 4th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Ancient Past Dissolving Away, Cambodia

Ancient Past Dissolving Away, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, the main building amidst the myriad of complex temples built in the 12th century under Hindu influence, has been one of Cambodia’s most world renowned attractions drawing in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. In order to accommodate the modern day influx of tourism, the Angkor...
May 2nd, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

The Lasting Effects of A Haunting Past, Cambodia

The Lasting Effects of A Haunting Past, Cambodia
The end of the 1970’s marked the closing of an crippling decade in Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge, a group supporting the nation’s totalitarian ruling party, overran the country and it’s people. Some 1.5 million Cambodians are said to have perished during this time for reasons based...
April 29th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Vietnam For The Unihibited

Vietnam For The Unihibited
Vietnam is filled with motorcyclists and bicycles as it’s the preferred transportation for wheeling via the towns and cities. It is as if the city never sleeps as the roaring motors, chiming bells and traffic jams are ubiquitous to Vietnamese life.  It is also one of the most fun activities adventure...
April 25th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Travel By Water, Northern Vietnam

Travel By Water, Northern Vietnam
With navigable waterways stretching over 17,000km, Northern Vietnam has developed a sustainable form of transportation without ever setting foot on solid ground. The waterways opened up a world in ways such as connecting rural populations isolated by demographics with each other, widening trading routes...
April 22nd, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, the beauty of Ha Long Bay can be seen from miles away. Surrounded by million year old limestone karsts (see image below) ranging in size, shape and shade of green, this mystical bay may be explored in many different ways. Countless local tour operators have...
April 20th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Ice Cream Sales, Northern Vietnam

Ice Cream Sales, Northern Vietnam
The oldest of three regions, Northern Vietnam is said to the birthplace of both Vietnamese people and culture dating back to some 2000 year ago. Since then, cities such as Hanoi, Hai Phong and Nam Dinh City have exploded in both size and population density, thus leaving many inhabitants at the mercy...
April 18th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Miles Away From the Ordinary, Thailand

Miles Away From the Ordinary, Thailand
Formally known as the Kingdom of Siam, this predominantly Buddhist nation is home to 65,000,000 of the world’s population, spanning out in a geographical space no larger than that of France. Thailand, meaning, “the land of the free” is divided into five main provincial groups (allocated by geographical...
April 15th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Into the Pot It Goes, Thailand

Into the Pot It Goes, Thailand
Being that Thailand’s climate is temperate, it is highly conducive to rice growing, which has in turn led to the congregation amongst rural populations around rice growing areas as rice production leads to employment and provisions for those in need. Rice is an inexpensive commodity that can reach...
April 13th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Two Cups of Tea and A Round of Backghammon, Turkey

Whether you are in the bustling capital city having a drink at the Spice Bazaar or tucked away in the corner of a local roadside stall, tea and backgammon are a national staple found throughout the country. Small cups of flavored teas are served in short thin glasses, decorated with cubed sugar and exotic...
April 11th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Trekking in Northern Vietnam

Trekking in Northern Vietnam
What better way to see and explore far off lands filled with untold beauty, mesmerizing culture and unfamiliar languages than by the hand of  a local. Rural communities throughout the hill stations in the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam have taken tourism into their own hands by way of offering those...
April 8th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Where Magic Meets Reality, Marrakesh Morocco

Its 2 am, the fog is thick and we have just touched down in Morocco’s most magical city. The blood of life is pumped from the arteries into the heart of Morocco’s tourist capital, a place where dreams become reality, folk stories are brought to life, while snakes dance to the beat of their master’s...
April 7th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

A Must See, Sapa Northern Vietnam

A Must See, Sapa Northern Vietnam
For those looking to satisfy their thirst for adventure while still holding on to the tranquility of the East, the Sapa region of northern Vietnam is the place to visit. Home to the world renown Hmong people, along with many other regional tribes, Sapa offers weary travelers a tranquil resting spot to...
April 5th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Welcome to the Show Mandalay, Burma

The Moustache Brothers are a highly controversial group of men, two brothers and one cousin, in that they make a living as comedians bringing satire to the current government ruling Burma. In 1996, two members of the trio were sentenced to 10 years in prison after having cracked a joke about the nation’s...
April 3rd, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

Surfing the Cape, South Africa

Surfing the Cape, South Africa
Offering up some of the best surf waves in the world, Cape Town is a great place to get your feet wet. Whether it be your first time on a surfboard or passion that brings around the world in search of that perfect wave to add to the list of accomplishments, Cape Town’s southern coastline is the...
March 27th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More

What About Myanmar?

Touching down in Yangon, Myanmar’s bustling capital, you would think that you had gotten on the wrong plane and arrived in India instead. However, once you sleep off the jet lag and have a chance to walk around, you see that Myanmar cannot be compared with any other place. Infused with Buddhist...
March 25th, 2010 | Global Nomad | Read More